Every IEP should say how progress towards annual goals will be recorded and monitored. Parents should receive progress reports that the school may issue quarterly or with report cards. Your child's IEP must describe how your child's progress toward the annual goals will be measured and when you will receive progress reports. Be aware of progress being reported by "teacher observation." When a child's progress is monitored by subjective "teacher observations," parents do not have objective data about their child's progress toward the goals in the IEP.
Ask your child's teachers and service providers how and when they will measure your child's progress. You may ask:
- How often will you measure my child's progress?
- What tests or assessments will you use to measure my child's progress?
- How often will you communicate with me about my child's progress of lack of progress?
20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(I)
20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(III)
34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(1)
34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(3)